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Motivational Interviewing: Health Professional Training

Learn how to guide patients toward behavior change using a conversational counseling style.
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You can support your patients using Motivational Interviewing to guide, encourage, and empower them every step of the way on their journey toward a better life.

Motivating people to change their behavior requires patience, empathy, and understanding. This course on motivational Interviewing is designed to teach you how to guide patients toward behavior change using this conversational approach. There are times when you may have a patient who is resistant to change for a host of reasons, but you struggle to encourage them to consider something new to improve their health. If you are a health professional seeking to improve your ability to change lives, then this course is for you.

At the end of this course, you will learn:

a. the different stages of behavior change

b. the principles and skills of engaging in a patient-centered style of counseling

c. the practice of empowering patients to see and strengthen the positivity in their lives.

This course consists of 9 modules and a 10-question quiz, all of which can be completed in under an 1 hour. Each of the modules contain rich information on the behavior change process, the principles of Motivational Interviewing, and how you can implement the recommended tools with your patients. The modules include lessons on:

a. the Stages of Behavior Change - How do you know where a patient is in their readiness for behavior change?

b. the Art of Listening - What does it mean to be a good listener?

c. Appreciative Inquiry - Why is it important to focus on those things that are good about your patient?

Upon completion, you will gain a better understanding of the purpose and application of Motivational Interviewing, how to use complementary tools to support behavior change in patients, and how to discover your personal style when approaching patients with Motivational Interviewing.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for patient navigators, nurse navigators, patient care coordinators, patient advocates, or other health professionals who are seeking to effectively engage patients in behavior change.
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What Will I Learn?
Define motivational interviewing
Understand the five principles of motivational interviewing
Understand how to address ambivalence, resistance, and the use of change talk
Identify the Transtheoretical Model - Stages of Change
Identify connections between Stages of Change and motivational interviewing
Understand the role of purposeful questions and listening
Appreciate the role of motivational interviewing in patient care
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  • Students should have experience working with patients at any health care site or community-based organization.
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Motivational Interviewing: Module 7

Motivational Interviewing: Module 8

Motivational Interviewing & Appreciate Inquiry: Module 9

Motivational Interviewing Quiz
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About the Instructor
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Dr. Christine Thorpe is Founder of Cris Simone Consulting Group ( which provides training, research and education to health and human services organizations. Her overall aim is to assist agencies and organizations in enhancing their capacity to effectively address the needs of their target populations.

Dr. Thorpe is a certified wellness coach and health education specialist with more than 15 years experience in the health and human services. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Syracuse University, a Doctor of Education in health education and a Master of Education degree in international educational development from Teachers College Columbia University.

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